The months of March and April have witnessed many long weekend holidays in India due to the various festivals taking place during the weekends. According to the reports from Hotel.com portal, the holiday goers have been constantly searching for two major destinations namely Goa and Dubai for short haul holidays.
Based on the report published by the PTI news agency, with six long weekends and three extended weekends in 2016, Goa and Dubai have become the most searched destinations for Indians. The travel portal Hotel.com have claimed that “This year is proving to be a splendid year for travelers with 6 long weekends to go, in which Goa, New Delhi, and Mumbai have become the most searched domestic destinations for Indians, while Dubai, Bangkok, and Singapore are the top three among the overseas places.”
“As the Indian traveller is conventionally a last minute planner, domestic weekend destination bookings are on the rise with double-digit, benefiting the hotel industry even in the lean travel period,” Hotels.com (India & SEA) Senior Marketing Manager Amit Agarwal said.
The demand for these places has been fueled up by the available packages, short distance claimed the portal. In addition to major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Goa, demand for south India’s cities like Ooty, Chennai, and Bengaluru, Udaipur, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Agra in Uttar Pradesh are also on the rise, the report said. In Goa Canacona is said to be the most popular for weekend holidays.
Additionally, in outbound travel destinations Pattaya, Patong, Ko Samui and Krabi in Thailand and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia are also on consideration after Dubai. And besides these short distance destinations, London in the UK and Paris in France have also featured in the list of searches by Indian travelers claimed the report.